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Ambitious students from Bury College and Bury College University Centre are developing the skills needed to progress their careers as they gain an insight into working overseas in the travel industry.
Students studying the BTEC Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism and undergraduates completing the BSc International Tourism Management degree have undertaken work experience placements in Malaga. This exciting opportunity, which is funded through the Erasmus+ programme, will help learners gain experience and further their employability skills.
During their placements, students are working in a variety of different roles. Two learners are working for Malaga Adventures where they are developing their social media channels and selling guided tours of the city. These roles are not only building the students’ confidence but also developing their marketing skills.
Students are also undertaking housekeeping duties in popular hotels and developing their language skills as they work alongside Spanish colleagues, whilst other learners are developing their communication skills and learning about the history and culture as they offer guided tours.
Other roles include working for a bike tour and car hire company as they learn about how small independent businesses run, as well as working in a museum of music providing information, tickets and advising at cultural events, in Spanish.
To prepare them for their work experience, students successfully completed Spanish courses and are further developing their speaking skills whilst on the job. Abigail Birtles, a former Bury Church of England High School pupil who is working at NH Hotel said of the unique experience, “This is a brilliant opportunity, I never would have thought I would have been able to do this! It was daunting at first to think about leaving home and having to speak Spanish at work. Now I’m here in Malaga it’s the best way of learning about the travel industry because it’s real life work experience. I’m hoping my experiences will help me gain more overseas work when I complete my course.”
Sarah Partington, Curriculum Manager for Travel and Tourism added, “International work experience provides our learners with a realistic insight into working in the overseas tourism industry. Spending time abroad during their studies enables the learners to develop their employability and language skills. Whilst living in Malaga the learners have enjoyed learning about the historic aspects of the city and participated in Spanish cultural events. As most are living and working away from home for the first time, they are quickly developing their interpersonal skills and independence which will benefit them in their future career paths.”
For more information about Travel courses at Bury College and Bury College University Centre please call 0161 280 8280.